November weddings are always a fun challenge. It is pretty much dark by 5:15, which means I have to create a hard-core game plan ahead of time. Thankfully for me, Rachel & Robby decided to hold their entire wedding at Horizons Conference Center. It was wonderful photographing the bridal party getting dressed, the ceremony, and reception all in one location. Even though we only had the opportunity for a few outdoor photographs, we were still able to capture the entire day fantastically.
A football theme slowly became more apparent as the day went on. From the vows to the guest table, Rachel’s love for Roll Tide and Robby’s for the Geaux Tigers made for a day full of healthy competition. Did I mention that the Alabama versus Louisiana State game happened to fall on this same day? Maybe that wasn’t a coincidence. . . Enjoy!
I love going to new places. Fortunately, the past 6 years of photographing events have taken me all over Michigan and the surrounding areas. Kelly & Andru’s wedding was no exception. The Milestone Barn in Bannister is just big enough for a medium sized wedding, but not too large as to lose its charm. Just walking into the bridal suite I was impressed with the property. Natural lighting, chandeliers, and vintage seating; I instantly fell in love with the entire place. The Milestone barn definitely offers a unique experience that I have not found anywhere else.
I think the thing that I most loved about Kelly & Andru’s wedding is how laid back everything was. In lieu of a DJ, they opted for an acoustic band. They served their guests Andru’s favorite pie (pumpkin for the win) with cupcakes for the kids . There was even an appearance of self serve caramel apple popcorn. Overall, it was a fantastic day that I am extremely grateful to have been apart of. Enjoy!
Mid-Michigan has had some strange weather this wedding season. Very strange, even for Michigan. Lindsay & Turner’s wedding definitely wins the crazy weather award for the year. Due to the abnormally cold temperature, we almost decided to move their outdoor ceremony inside. I am extremely happy with Lindsay & Turner’s decision to proceed outside. Dealing with the cold for 20 minutes was completely worth it. We started with cloudy skies, had some fun snow mid-ceremony, and ended with their first kiss surrounded by absolutely perfect sunshine.
I had so much fun working with Lindsay & Turner! From the pre-ceremony craziness, to the photo time fun, to the reception shenanigans; the day just went fantastically. It also didn’t hurt that I have worked with most of the bridal party previously. As for the guys, they didn’t scare me. It takes quite a bit to scare me! (For now).
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This was taken during the end of the MSU vs U of M game. The wedding pretty much stopped at this point.
Who doesn’t love going home? With Frankee & Jacob’s wedding, I was able to return to my college alma mater. As much as I love working at Founders Hall, it does bring me back to one rather cold winter. For my 4×5 large format film final, I decided to photograph structures. I am still not sure how I thought that was a good idea. All I can remember was hauling this 50 pound camera box from my car, through the Michigan snow, and onto the Founders Hall bridge. After actually getting my equipment onto the bridge, I had to unpack everything and take the photograph. For those of you who haven’t had the honor of working in large format, it is not a quick progress. Ah, the memories.
I absolutely loved working with Frankee & Jacob. Their family was extremely attentive and did everything possible to help out with the festivities. I am rather fond of some of the reactions I saw. Instead of dad getting super mushy at the first sight of Frankee, he simply turned around. Both bride and dad did a “Don’t look at me or I’m going to cry”. It was super entertaining, as both parties did it in perfect unison.
After the ceremony, we stopped at a few social venues to visit with friends and family. Frankee, Jacob, and their bridal party were super laid back and easy to get along with. I always appreciate that. The party continued at the Kawkawlin Township Hall with lots of food, drinks, and dancing. It was an honor photographing Mr. & Mrs. Milkowski’s big day!
Chelsea & Jason put a great deal of thought into their wedding. They designed the entire day around honoring certain parts of their lives. The Sample wedding was 100% about family. Unfortunately, this beautiful image of a perfect outdoor barn wedding was interrupted by a hurricane. Granted, Michigan is far from the ocean; however, the traditional weather patterns that we are accustomed to were negatively affected. Basically it rained. Freezing rain all day long.
Instead of the rain just passing over the state as it normally does, it circled over us for the course of the entire event. This completely altered all plans. They decided to proceed with the outdoor ceremony anyway, however, delayed about 90 minutes to allow the rain to let up. With the delay, we did lose out on quite a bit of photo time and daylight. Fortunately, I was able to capture lots of raw emotion through photojournalism.
Even though things didn’t go as planned, the photographs that I was able to capture really encapsulate what this wedding was truly about. Love. Love between the newlyweds, love between the parents, love between the family, love for those no longer with us, and most importantly, the love between one generation to the next.
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Even though Stephanie & Brice’s wedding turned out to be one of my favorites of the year, it really didn’t start out that way! I arrived to Apple Mountain about 10 minutes early to a bit of rain. Nothing too crazy, but enough to do some damage to the ladies hair. Then I get that traditional “we are running a bit late” text. No problem, I plan for that in my photo timeline. 10 minutes pass. 15. Brice and his attendants arrive. 25. Stephanie and her attendants (and Subway) arrive. Time to get to work!
From here things seem normal. The boys are getting dressed and having a few beers. Normal. I step into the ladies dressing room and things are really quiet. The look on Stephanie’s face is one that I see often. It’s that feeling of having so many emotions are going through your mind that they all cancel each other out. Normal. It is about 30 minutes before the ceremony and I hear “I don’t really want to put the dress on”. I internally panic. In the past 6 years, I have had some crazy situations, but one never included the bride lacking the desire to get dressed.
It turns out, Stephanie just wasn’t ready for the day to really start. What brides do not understand is that time really doesn’t work normally on their wedding day. The night before you really can’t sleep and you feel like you are in bed for days waiting for the sun to rise. The morning of consists of hours of hair and makeup. Walking with your father towards the aisle takes an eternity. You get halfway down that aisle, share your first kiss as husband and wife, and BAM! Last call.
As soon as Stephanie walked down that aisle, the day went absolutely smooth. The family formals only had a few poses. The rain quit and the temperature was perfect. The bridal party was totally into the photos and extremely cooperative. Stephanie & Brice had no problems ignoring the camera and really focusing on each other. It was an awesome day.
We wrapped the evening at The Grand in Essexville for food, booze, and dancing. I got to spend some time harassing my buddy Michael from Rusch Entertainment and he kept the party going all night. Enjoy!
This photo is the reason I never capture the honor attendants walking back down the aisle. The first moment of being married creates the best photographs. Sometimes this moment doesn’t have the opportunity to happen, but this time it did.
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This next photo almost didn’t make the cut. Why? In the land of wedding photography showing the inside of the bride’s armpit is extremely frowned upon. I admit, it’s totally my fault. I just think I was too caught up in the moment. You probably didn’t even notice the faux pas. . .did you? It’s a cute photo, I forgive myself (kinda).
Sneaking photographs of former clients. I actually had 3 previous couples at this wedding!
I My poor little Speedlights! By the time we got everyone downstairs, the sun was gone! I was standing on the balcony with one flash unit on my bracket, with another off camera. Had we made it outside in time, this photo would definitely had more pizzaz to it.
Today for you I have my third wedding of August!
I spend quite a bit of time photographing engagement sessions at Bay City State Park, so I have driven by the North Euclid Church of God fairly often. I have never actually been inside the church, but I have always been curious on what was hidden inside. When Brittaney & Jacob contacted me about their wedding, I was both nervous and excited to cure my curiosity. Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised.
Spending the day with Brittany, Jacob, and their ragtag bunch of misfits was utterly fantastic. After the ceremony, we wandered around down by the river for a while and made a short appearance on Midland Street. The best part? The glorious dance skills that were unveiled at the LFA hall. When I left that night, the dance floor was still fairly full! Thanks for being a great group to work with!